Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara Keeley MP objects to Bolton Council’s u-turn on country park at Cutacre

Cutacre aerial view.jpgWorsley MP Barbara Keeley has objected strongly to Bolton Council’s revised proposal to develop land on the Cutacre site for industrial uses rather than as a country park. The new plan reverses earlier plans agreed at the Planning Inquiry into mining at the Cutacre site which would have seen the Cutacre Tip area restored to a country park after opencast mining is completed at the site.

The revised draft proposal, which is contained in Bolton Council’s Core Strategy Publication Version report, means that part of the former tip and other open space will be developed as employment land rather than becoming part of the country park.

Barbara has written to Keith Davies, Director of Development and Regeneration at Bolton Council and to all Bolton Councillors to object strongly on behalf of Little Hulton residents. At their Council meeting on 9th December, Bolton councillors agreed to the revised proposal, which will now be open for consultation. The strategy will also be referred to a Planning Inspector for review.

Barbara said:

 

“Bolton Council is now going back on agreements that designated the Cutacre Tip site and surrounding land on the Bolton part of the site as part of a country Park. This was the agreed restoration plan after opencast mining finished at Cutacre and Bolton Council are now cutting back about one third of the proposed open space and want to allocate it for industrial uses.

 

“This not only means loss of amenity for local people in Little Hulton but I am concerned it could also mean a substantial increase in the volumes of HGV and other traffic using the A6 Manchester Road to get to and from the site.

 

“I have written to Bolton Council to object strongly to their revised proposal. It is not right for Bolton Council to try to go back on the agreement made at the Inquiry into mining at the Cuatcre site. I will oppose these damaging proposals on behalf of Little Hulton residents.”

 

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